What leaders say about African Human Capital – Key takeaways

THE Africa Human Capital Heads of State Summit was concluded on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania whereby participating Heads of State adopted the Dar es Salaam Human Capital Declaration by acclamation, expressing commitment and collective desire to act through the challenges for the development of the Continent.

The Summit came in response to engagements with government focal points on the need to draw attention to the role of human capital in economic growth and elevate the discussion on the importance of investing in people.

The overall theme of the Summit was linking investments in human capital to economic growth and harnessing the demographic dividend, by addressing learning poverty and the skills gap for youth and women.

The two-day summit brought a bottom-up demand to human capital prioritisation and investments (via techncal The two-day summit brought a bottom-up demand to human capital prioritisation and investments (via techncal workshops in all Sub-Saharan countries) –discussed challenges and bottlenecks to human capital accumulation along with identification of priorities and drivers of growth.

Here down are the key messages from the participating Heads of State;

Tanzania President, Samia Suluhu Hassan

“There is no right time to deliberate on the human capital issue than now. For over a decade now, the continent has passed through various stages of growth and major improvements have been achieved in different sectors of the economies.”

“We must set clear priorities in family planning and sexual reproductive health education among the youth.”

“The most important thing involves leveraging investment in other sectors by putting in place necessary infrastructures. Among such include ensuring access to clean and safe water, energy and transport systems,” added President Samia.

Kenya President, Dr William Ruto

“For very long time our continents has been defined by other, in the context of being a continent of problems, disease, poverty, conflict, ignorance , we are defining our continent ourselves a fresh ” said Kenya President, Dr William Ruto.

“Human capital is the asset this continent has and therefore we must do whatever it takes to prepare this asset, that is our young people, it is the reason why we say young people are going to define what it becomes of this continent,” said Kenya President, Dr William Ruto.

“It is not enough to say that once this young people come out of college or universities they will be self-employed, we have to be deliberate to make it possible for them to access opportunities for jobs,” said Kenya President, Dr William Ruto.

“There is nothing as powerful than educated and empowered young person with education,” said Kenya President, Dr William Ruto.

Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera

“It is a good challenge that we have a youthful population, but we can also use it sustainably to make Africa development depend on that” said Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

“Our vision is youth-centric. Young people need to be educated, stay healthy and have innovative minds that are capable of creating that future,” said Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

“When we are talking about Malawi 2063 an inclusively wealthy, industrialized and self-reliant nation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); these things cannot happen without human capital development,” said Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

We have to make sure education and skills development, science, technology and innovation, health and nutrition are central areas to focus on,” said Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

Sierra Leone President, Julius Maada Wonie Bio

“WE need education that meets the need of the future and the digital world. 33 per cent of my cabinet are young people, 33 per cent are also women. Women are more than 50 per cent of the population. We are building necessary digital infrastructure, we have trained more teachers for quality and also to make sure that they can go as far as they can be able to give quality education.”

Mozambique President, Filipe Nyusi

“IF we invest in human capital and believe that women and men have equal ability in doing work, that can help us in dealing with challenges and issues that we have said Africa is a rich continent… and we can use the resources available to develop our countries, so we need those skills in our governments and investing in education, health and other places.”

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